Skim or dryline?

When it comes to plasterboard, you have two main finishes to choose from, board and skim or taping and jointing. 

Signing off on the first fix is a significant landmark on your self-build journey. With the skeleton and inner workings of the house complete, you can start adding the fixtures, fittings and decorations that will transform it into a home.

But before you can proceed to that second fix, you need to cover up your internal walls. Plastering is the most common method; in the case of blockwork (cavity walls) this can be done with a cement render or a gypsum based undercoat and skim finish directly onto the wall or with plasterboard, which may or may not be insulated depending on the thermal performance of the rest of the wall. For timber frame, plasterboard is most common as the studs are already there.

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Written by Heather Campbell

Vernacular new build in Co Kildare

Belfast renovation partly funded by VAT rebate